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The Tally Ho

Friday, November 05, 2004

A View from Greg Palast

Here is a piece from Greg Palast, Kerry Won. Here are the Facts. Last thing I want to do is get into this - but not enough was done between 2000 and 2004 to ensure that voters are being registered and their intent counted. This should be a bipartisan issue.
Here's why. Although the exit polls show that most voters in Ohio punched cards for Kerry-Edwards, thousands of these votes were simply not recorded. This was predictable and it was predicted. [See TomPaine.com, "An Election Spoiled Rotten," November 1.]

Once again, at the heart of the Ohio uncounted vote game are, I'm sorry to report, hanging chads and pregnant chads, plus some other ballot tricks old and new.

The election in Ohio was not decided by the voters but by something called "spoilage." Typically in the United States, about 3 percent of the vote is voided, just thrown away, not recorded. When the bobble-head boobs on the tube tell you Ohio or any state was won by 51 percent to 49 percent, don't you believe it ... it has never happened in the United States, because the total never reaches a neat 100 percent. The television totals simply subtract out the spoiled vote.

Read both articles. Speaking of voting problems, 4,500 lost in North Carolina it seems. Atrois has an issue/idea, Tax Fairness Act of 2005 that I have babbled about for a few years. Did New York ever get that promised money? While I agree, something like this shouldn't pass - but most of those anti-tax states benefit from the rich, non anti-tax states. Anyway.

Anyway, were you any of these for Halloween?


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